It’s usually a good sign when a television series is renewed for a second season before the first episode of the show premieres. That certainly proved to be the case for the new Netflix series The Witcher, reportedly the most popular streaming show in the world at the moment, and the second-most popular series of 2019 on the industry-leading streamer (after Stranger Things).
We now have some clues about when the season 2 of The Witcher will premiere, so the question now becomes: What’s next for Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri? Here’s everything we know about the second season of The Witcher so far.
A month before The Witcher premiered on Netflix, the series was renewed for a second season on the streaming service.
Geralt's adventure is only beginning….
The Witcher has been renewed for Season 2! pic.twitter.com/6iPrUFeujI
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 13, 2019
During a Reddit AMA on January 7, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich indicated that the series is targeting a return in 2021 for season 2, but couldn’t offer any more specific details on the schedule.
According to Geralt himself — actor Henry Cavill, that is — pre-production on season 2 of The Witcher is expected to begin soon, suggesting that the first quarter of 2021 is likely to be the earliest a second season could possibly arrive. No official premiere date has been announced at this point.
The story continues
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said in early January that the season will likely unfold in a more straightforward narrative, unlike the multiple, parallel timelines that comprised most of the first season’s story arc.
“The story will be much more linear [in season 2], now that the three characters’ stories have started to intersect,” she explained.
The first season of The Witcher was primarily adapted from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, two collections of short stories that were set prior to the events in author Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Witcher Saga.” These stories served as a prequel to the events chronicled in Sapkowski’s main series and explored the early years of the three main characters — Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri — and how their paths initially crossed.
In a December interview with ComicBook.com, series executive producer Tomek Baginski indicated that the series couldn’t fit all of the content from those collections into the first season of The Witcher. This has led to speculation that the second season will deliver the rest of those seminal adventures while beginning to explore the events of the primary saga.
Nothing official has been confirmed so far, though, and season 2 could indeed take the trio’s story in some unexpected directions.
Series stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan are all confirmed to be returning for season 2 of The Witcher, reprising their roles as Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri, respectively.
Confirmation of the trio’s return accompanied the season 2 announcement made by Netflix, with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich telling Deadline, “I’m so thrilled that before fans have even seen our first season, we are able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri.”
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